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Helping Hands to help families for third year

Posted: Thursday, February 9, 2012

Organizers of the Helping Hands Community Garden plan to help 110 families grow veggies and other produce. In its third year, the organizers are also looking for contributions to build a shed at the garden.

The new garden shed would be used to store gardening tools and to serve as a distribution site for vegetables and herbs grown in the garden located near Huntington North High School at Jefferson Street and U.S.-24. Donations to cover the cost of the shed can be made to the Huntington County Extension Education Fund and gifts should be designated for the community garden.

Stan Bippus, initiator of the garden, said that everyone who works in the garden is a volunteer so all money donated will go directly to the garden expenses.

The Huntington County Community School Corporation donated the land for the garden and funds and volunteers are provided by the Lions Clubs of Bippus and Huntington. Last year 96 families were served by the garden, up from the previous year at 33 families.

Karen Hinshaw, human development educator with the Purdue Extension office, Susy Jennings and Anne Fetrow have implemented classes in cooking and preserving the vegetables grown in the community garden and proper nutrition.

Volunteers from clubs and churches are invited to help weed the garden over the summer months. For more information contact the Purdue Extension office at (260) 358-4826